January 2018 favorites

January 2018

The January stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘The Displaced Person’ by Flannery O’Connor
  2. ‘I Can Say Many Nice Things’ by Ben Marcus
  3. ‘A Temple Of The Holy Ghost’ by Flannery O’Connor
  4. ‘The Barber’ by Flannery O’Connor
  5. ‘Figures In The Distance’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  6. ‘Rollingwood’ by Ben Marcus
  7. ‘Why Do The Heathens Rage?’ by Flannery O’Connor
  8. ‘Keela, The Outcast Indian Maiden’ by Eudora Welty
  9. ‘Wild Plums’ by Grace Stone Coates
  10. ‘The Looking Glass’ by Anton Chekhov
  11. ‘Truant’ by Claude McKay
  12. ‘Enoch And The Gorilla’ by Flannery O’Connor
  13. ‘The Dark Arts’ by Ben Marcus
  14. ‘Mary Elizabeth’ by Jessie Faucet
  15. ‘The South’ by Jorge Luis Borges
  16. ‘Blueprints For St. Louis’ by Ben Marcus
  17. ‘Storytellers, Liars, And Bores’ by Leonard Michaels
  18. ‘First Love’ by Ben Marcus

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‘Figures In The Distance’ by Jamaica Kincaid

Kincaid, Jamaica 1983

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May 2017 favorites

May 2017

The May stories ordered solely on my personal tastes.

  1. ‘Axis’ by Alice Munro
  2. ‘Sea Oak’ by George Saunders
  3. ‘Pastoralia’ by George Saunders
  4. ‘Fiction’ by Alice Munro
  5. ‘The Barber’s Unhappiness’ by George Saunders
  6. ‘The Moons Of Jupiter’ by Alice Munro
  7. ‘At Grandmother’s’ by Isaac Babel
  8. ‘Winky’ by George Saunders
  9. ‘The End Of FIRPO In The World’ by George Saunders
  10. ‘Images’ by Alice Munro
  11. ‘City Visit’ by Adam Haslett
  12. ‘The Other Woman’ by Sherwood Anderson
  13. ‘Thanks For The Ride’ by Alice Munro
  14. ‘Girl’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  15. ‘Misery’ by Anton Chekhov
  16. ‘Wingless’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  17. ‘The Letter From Home’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  18. ‘In The Night’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  19. ‘The Drill’ by Breena Clarke
  20. ‘At Last’ by Jamaica Kincaid
  21. ‘Letters From The Samantha‘ by Mark Helprin

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‘The Letter From Home’ by Jamaica Kincaid

Kincaid, Jamaica 1981

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‘In The Night’ by Jamaica Kincaid

Kincaid, Jamaica 1978a

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‘At Last’ by Jamaica Kincaid

Kincaid, Jamaica 1979a

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‘Wingless’ by Jamaica Kincaid

Kincaid, Jamaica 1979

Wingless by Jamaica Kincaid, 1979 Read the rest of this entry »